Bad Actors Against Gay Marriage


Funny thing. The Smoking Cocktail had the first part of the audition tape posted, but it’s been removed due to “a copyright claim by National Organization for Marriage.” What a bunch of gutless dooches.

Update: The original ad wasn’t scary enough, so Sadly No! fixed it. (h/t: CC).

Update2: “It most certainly is not my intention to blame the epidemic of mass murders on the gay rights movement!” said Morality in Media President Bob Peters, while suggesting there was a connection between the two things.


21 Replies to “Bad Actors Against Gay Marriage”

  1. “I’m a bad actor, and I’m afraid. I have to spew lies about gay people because no one else will hire my lame ass.”

    As for the tortured souls forced to accept that the universe is different and so much larger than they ever imagined. Oh the agony of it all!

    What will they ever do if they or their families ever have to face a real issue like homelessness, or violence, or illness? Will they still find time to pursue phantom demons in the family down the street or will they finally look at themselves in the mirror?

    Who has the time or patience for this crap anymore?

  2. Here we go again. Looks like it’s time for all the bigots to come out and circle the wagons now that a couple of states have started recognizing gay marriage.

    I saw some pinhead on Hardball the other night spewing her hatred (that she masks as “concern”) over some of the recent rulings. Her group (the name escapes me at the moment) also had a TV ad running somewhere that also had crap in it about the imminent collapse of civilization if gays were allowed to marry.

    Who has the time or patience for this crap anymore?

    Hear! Hear! Joseph, because that’s exactly what this is “crap”.

  3. I will add that on viewing the second (fixed) ad, they really should have played up Marsha a bit. The side-swept brunette about half-way through who is horribly worried about gay boys (and lesbian girls) “taking things too far.”

    It’s just such a Marsha Brady moment, and she captures it so well (I suspect its who the actor was channeling). I feel so chastised, like I took her favorite barret (oh, and getting married of course).

    Marsha, Marsha, Marsha indeed.

  4. The pope is now offering up courses in exorcism. Apparently there are only about 450 qualified exorcists in Italy ( around 40 in the US).
    How long then before this idiocy is pointed toward gays ?
    Evolution (human) is not working !

  5. C-C: That woman on Hardball was Maggie Gallagher, the president of the Natl. Organization for Marriage. What a barefaced liar.

    From the Human Rights Campaign:

    The general argument of the ad is that the push for marriage equality isn’t just about rights for same-sex couples, it’s about imposing contrary values on people of faith. The examples they cite in the ad are:

    (1) A California doctor who must choose between her faith and her job

    (2) A member of New Jersey church group which is punished by the state because they can’t support same-sex marriage

    (3) A Massachusetts parent who stands by helpless while the state teaches her son that gay marriage is okay

    The facts indicate that (1) refers to the Benitez decision in California, determining that a doctor cannot violate California anti-discrimination law by refusing to treat a lesbian based on religious belief, (2) refers to the Ocean Grove, New Jersey Methodist pavilion that was open to the general public for events but refused access for civil union ceremonies (and was fined by the state for doing so) and (3) refers to the Parker decision in Massachusetts, where parents unsuccessfully sought to end public school discussions of family diversity, including of same-sex couples.

    All three examples involve religious people who enter the public sphere, but don’t want to abide by the general non-discriminatory rules everyone else does. Both (1) and (2) are really about state laws against sexual orientation discrimination, rather than specifically about marriage. And (3) is about two pairs of religious parents trying to impose their beliefs on all children in public schools.

  6. Maybe I’m naïve, but I don’t think that most people really care, or perhaps I should better say, would be largely indifferent to it, were it not for hateful, narrow-minded groups of religious bigots like this National Organization for Marriage scare-mongering all the time.

    But let’s face it, in addition to whatever prejudice they may actually have (based on their “faith” of course), this is a BIG MONEY making operation for them. Waging the endless culture wars pays their bills — quite handsomely too — by preying on the ignorant fears (and wallets) of weak-minded, infinitely gullible rubes.

  7. If you’re in a major urban centre, it isn’t so much hostility, but invisibility is the problem. You won’t encounter many people who will go into wingnut mode and tell you that you’re off to hell (Even when I lived in Dallas I noticed it was a live and let live city.), but most people don’t really believe that your spouse is as important to you as their husband or wife is to them or that your family is really a family.

    Workplaces and even gay friendly churches go overboard to celebrate and accommodate the needs of heterosexual families, showing a lot of surpport and giving people time off to care for spouses, but if you’re gay, your partner is just a boyfriend and the relationship is regarded as trivial.

    Gay marriage has changed the legalities of it in Canada and certain U.S. States, but it will take a long time for attitudes to change – both in society as a whole and in the gay community itself, honestly.

  8. And the sad fact is that playing the scare card still works. No state has successfully defeated a citizen referendum on gay marriage. They always pass and the rhetoric can be quite toxic, which often leads to hate crimes.

    In the end I think gay marriage will prevail in most moderate to liberal U.S. states and my hope is that it will lead Americans to reconsider citizen referenda altogether. They have been nothing but a disaster for the states that have them.

  9. Dan — …but most people don’t really believe that your spouse is as important to you as their husband or wife is to them or that your family is really a family.

    It’s going to take some time for that kind of tacit understanding to evolve to the point where it’s just a conventional assumption. That must seem unfair, and rightly so, but not difficult to appreciate.

    …if you’re gay, your partner is just a boyfriend and the relationship is regarded as trivial.

    Well, you’re fighting against a lot of deeply entrenched cultural stereotypes. And too, it has to be said, established patterns of behaviour by some parts of the gay community that tend to reinforce those perceptions of triviality. Which again, is unfair, because the general promiscuity and transitory nature of heterosexuals when it comes to marriage is probably no less widespread and utterly common. Funny that even though marriage is supposed to be a “sacred bond” for life, through thick and thin, in sickness and health, etc., almost half of them end up in divorce; and yet, on a societal level, there’s still a willful suspension of disbelief in this regard — before, during and after.

    …it will take a long time for attitudes to change – both in society as a whole and in the gay community itself, honestly.

    Quite true.

  10. You’re absolutely right. My point is that it’s all well and good to have equal rights but that isn’t the end of the story. Blacks have had equal rights and paper for much longer and still suffer with burdens they have to carry – poverty, de facto segregation, unfair justice system, etc. I would like to believe that things get better over time.

  11. I’m confident they are, but it must suck in the meantime to experience the residual prejudice and hostility of those — to borrow one of Rumsfeld’s better terms could be called “dead-enders” — who just can’t seem to get past their fearful bigotry and move on.

  12. I think a corner was turned here. Perhaps because they jumped the shark and maybe because the whole right-wing seems to be in freakout mode. But this article in the SF Gate was hilarious.

    Fear the rainbow! A storm is gathering. Are you afraid, Christian? Are you afraid *enough*?

    My favourite line:

    These adorable hyenas can’t possibly sustain such a silly froth; in terms of extreme vitriol, there is nowhere left to go. Really, how do you top calling Obama a Satan Hitler Mussolini Lenin Iran-loving dictator hell-bent on taking away our guns and destroying capitalism as he forces everyone to drive a pink Prius to the Commie Hut to pick up our gay Chinese babies?

  13. What a wonderful article. That was a hoot from start to finish.

    You know, maybe this is some kind of turning point given this ad has been almost universally ridiculed. And yet, there are still some phenomenal dimwits out there (the moronic idiots that Canadian Cynic linked to, for example) who were moved by this testimony from the “real victims” of gay marriage. Seriously. Good grief, those people are catastrophically stupid beyond all reason. But I digress…

    Most sentient humans on planet Earth (or our corner of it, anyway) thankfully reject all of the hysterical crazy talk from the right-wing whackaloons whose heads seem to be exploding all over the place these days.

  14. Looks like the National Association for Marriage is wielding the Copyright kugel, and has had the first one pulled.

    All to better prevent them from being too closely examined eh? Ironic for an organization seeking national attention.

    Bigots and idiots, the lot of them.

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